Exploding poison sends Polish police chief to hospital after Ukraine visit


Poland’s police chief Jaroslaw Szymczyk was hospitalized with minor injuries on Wednesday after a gift he received in Ukraine suddenly exploded, a government statement said

“Yesterday at 7.50 a.m. an explosion occurred in a room next to the police chief’s office,” Poland’s Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

“During the police chief’s working visit to Ukraine on December 11-12 this year, where he met with the heads of the Ukrainian police and emergency services, he received a number of gifts, one of which exploded.”

The statement claimed that the gift came from one of the heads of Ukrainian services.

Poland had asked Ukraine to investigate the incident, and “proceedings were immediately opened” with the prosecutor’s office and the relevant services, it said.

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CNN has reached out to the Kyiv regional and national police for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

Szymczyk was hospitalized for observation. An employee of the police headquarters was also slightly injured, but did not have to be hospitalized, according to the statement.

The incident follows a spate of suspicious mail sent to Ukrainian embassies in Europe, urging Ukraine to place all of its overseas diplomatic stations under heightened security.

Kiev’s embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Italy, Austria and the consulates general in Naples and Kraków have received suspicious packages, according to Oleh Nikolenko, spokesman for Ukraine’s foreign ministry.

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